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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

1 Chronicles 15:1–16:36
Romans 1:18-32
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 19:6-7

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Romans 1:18 (CSB): “For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth,”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

We live in an era of Christian history in which many Christians only want to hear the good, pleasant truths but don’t want to hear the bad stuff found in Scripture. There are plenty of men in pulpits across our land that realize this fact and pander to it. They only speak on the pleasant and positive.

But, like a former pastor of mine used to say: “The Good News without the bad news makes the Good News no news at all. But, the bad news makes the Good News, great news!”

One of the “negative” truths found on the pages of Scripture that is often overlooked is that God gets angry. In fact, the phrase “the fear of the Lord,” which appears in both the Old and New Testament, is connected to God’s anger and His discipline/judgment of those who willfully engage in sin.

This fact is all over the pages of Scripture so I don’t feel the need to spend extra time proving it … especially since this theme appears in the verse that I have chosen as Today’s Bible Verse.

Romans 1:18 (CSB): “For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth,”

As we consider the fact that God is angry at sin and sinners, a very relevant and helpful question might be: “How does God demonstrate His anger?”

Today’s Bible reading in Romans 1 helps to answer that question. Simply put, God’s anger is sometimes manifested in the fact that He removes His hand of protection. He observes that some people will insist on sinning and so He removes His gracious, protecting hand and allows the sinner to experiences that natural consequences of their sin.

Essentially, God’s anger at the willful, persistent sinner causes Him to abandon that sinner.

So, if we look at the flow of Romans 1:18-32 and observe how God sometimes demonstrates His anger, it goes something like this:

  • Mankind insists on replacing God in their life with all sorts of other things.
  • Romans 1:24 (CSB): “Therefore God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts to sexual impurity,”
  • Mankind insists on engaging in sexual impurity.
  • Romans 1:26–27 (CSB): “For this reason God delivered them over to disgraceful passions. Their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The men in the same way also left natural relations…”
  • Mankind insists on engaging in sexual activity outside of God’s design (one man, one woman, in a marital union for life).
  • Romans 1:28 (CSB): “And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind so that they do what is not right.”
  • Mankind settles into willful, godless, immorality and they even applaud such godless behavior. And as they have been allowed to continue in their sin, they are simply making their future judgment all the more severe.
  • Romans 2:5–8 (CSB): “Because of your hardened and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. He will repay each one according to his works: eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality; but wrath and anger to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth while obeying unrighteousness.”

Clearly, sometimes God’s wrath doesn’t show up in immediate discipline or judgment. Sometimes, it is demonstrated in God removing the restraints and allowing someone to continue to fall deeper and deeper into sin … all of which makes their future judgment all the more ominous.

Conclusion

Friend, just because God doesn’t send discipline or judgment your way when you sin doesn’t mean He is indifferent to it. He may very well be angry and is simply allowing you to continue in your sin so that you experience its natural consequences.

But, one final thing. It seems to me that God only relates to non-believers in this way. True Jesus-followers realize that God does not back off from us. He continually pursues us and works to bring us back, using discipline if necessary. Judgment will follow if discipline doesn’t achieve it’s desire end.

Hebrews 12:7–8 (CSB): “Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons.”

Friend, I wrote this post to let you know how God’s anger is revealed at sin and those who persist in it. But, if you never ever want to experience God’s wrath, it requires two very simple steps: 1) Give your heart to Jesus (a.k.a. Get saved), and 2) Be passionate and persistent in your pursuit of holiness. Why not insist on complying with both of these steps today.